NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
8th April, 1913 : The American President, Woodrow Wilson, today appeared before a special join session of the two houses of Congress to appeal for cuts in the tariff. He was the first President to appear before Congress in person since President Adams in 1801. His decision was a deliberate gesture, intended to assert presidential authority. The House chamber galleries were packed to hear the nine minute speech. Attacking high levels of tariff, President Wilson said: “We must abolish everything that bears even the semblance of privilege.”
[ A nice joke, seven days late. Or, perhaps, far, far too late, for to abolish the privileges of the ruling class America would have to go back to 1776 and start all over again. I think that that semi-educated incumbent of the White House would have a good chuckle too; assuming somebody would put it on his teleprompter.
And why the Presidents from the original pro-slavery party can’t ever comprehend the division of power so nicely, and futilely, prescribed in the US Constitution? ]